“In the event that you transgress by using a pronoun that someone doesn’t prefer, the guide recommends apologizing.”
If you really believe this, are you even ready for college? Perhaps you need to overcome some other things first.
Campus Reform reports:
Misgendering is an ‘act of violence,’ university argues
A page on the University of Colorado Boulder’s (CU Boulder) website under its “Pride Office” claims that misgendering people can be considered an “act of violence.”
“Choosing to ignore or disrespect someone’s pronouns is not only an act of oppression but can also be considered an act of violence,” asserts the “Pronouns” guide, which was “created by students, for students” and listed under the office’s LGBTQ+ resources.
The students further encourage everyone to use gender-neutral pronouns until they are sure which gender the person they are addressing uses.
“If someone tells you their pronouns, use those!” they exclaim. “If you don’t know someone’s pronouns, don’t assume gendered pronouns and use gender-neutral ones, like they or ze.”
They add that it is “never safe to assume someone’s gender” and that “living a life where people will naturally assume the correct pronouns for you is a privilege that not everyone experiences.”
Using someone’s pronouns incorrectly, even unintentionally, is alleged by the students to “lead to dysphoria, exclusion and alienation.”
In the event that you transgress by using a pronoun that someone doesn’t prefer, the guide recommends apologizing.
“If you make it a big deal, you draw more attention onto someone who maybe doesn’t want it,” they state. “As long as you portray that you are sorry and you try harder next time, it’s going to be okay.”
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